Boise couple charged in connection with fatal rollover

Posted at 2:35 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 16:35:49-05

The father and stepmother of a 14-year-old girl who died as the result of a rollover crash on Black Cat Road south of Boise last spring have now been charged with felony injury to child.

James D. Barnes and Jordan E. Jamison are both also charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery in connection with the crash that led to the death of 14-year-old Autumn Barnes.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Jamison, who was driving, and Barnes, who was a front seat passenger, were arguing and hitting each other when Jamison lost control of the Ford Explorer. It then rolled over and crashed off the side of Black Cat Road on March 31st.

Autumn Barnes died when she was thrown from the back of the vehicle. Emergency crews had to cut the 25-year-old Jamison out of the wreckage of the SUV, according to an Ada County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Paramedics transported Jamison and a 46-year-old James Barnes to a local hospital for treatment.

There is evidence Jamison had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash, the release added.

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. March 31st. Jamison was driving the car northbound on Black Cat Road, just south of the Amity Road intersection, when she lost control of the Explorer. Witnesses say the SUV rolled over after the driver tried to steer it back on the road, according to officials.

Autumn Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Investigators said it appears she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The case was turned over to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, which then issued arrest warrants for both Barnes and Jamison on Monday.

Deputies arrested the couple without incident Tuesday.